By foot, by road and by boat, we go in search for the endangered one-horned rhino.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, Chitwan National Park offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Asia. Chitwan is home to a fabulous variety of wildlife, including 700 species of animals and 450 species of birds. The more elusive of its inhabitants are sloth bears, leopards, Asian elephants, the endangered greater one-horned rhino and the Bengal tiger.
Things to see & do
Canoeing/Boating in the Rapti River with sundowners
Cruise along the placid water of the Rapti River looking out for crocodiles and several wetland species, migrants and residents and if lucky; get a closer view of the rhinos wallowing in the water. A boat safari lets you enjoy the wildlife from the comforts of the boat. A boat safari is a peaceful one hour ride that is concluded with a sundowner at the merging point of Rapti and Narayani River.
Scheduled morning and afternoon safaris are organised in the core area of the National Park using the lodge’s owned 4X4 vehicle. Jeep safari is the most preferred way to experience the dense flora and vivacious wildlife of Chitwan as we pass through various habitats following the tracks in the company of an experienced naturalist. There is an option for a full day safari as well.
Village Tour with Bullock cart ride
Opt for a bullock cart ride to visit the village as people busy themselves with their the daily chores. The village visit takes you to Tharu houses and experience the coexistence of modernity and tradition in the village. You will get a chance to learn and explore while streaming through the pollution free roads, stretches of farmlands and ancestral homes and welcoming locals.
Centuries old culture of ostensible survivors in Nepal, Tharu Dance is an amazing way of expressing the significance of festivals, farm land and the tradition of united families in the life of Tharus. The cultural performances are organised at the lodge after sunsets. Guests are encouraged to interact and join them in the performance.
Park entrance & naturalist guide for above activities
We visit Chitwan National Park on a full board and activity package.
Elephant Safaris - US$ 0 ***
*** Included in accommodation package
PLEASE NOTE: Whilst we respect each individuals decision BOA Asia does not include elephant safaris or unnatural performance activities on any itinerary and we recommend you bypass such activities should they be offered to you.
The more questions that are asked about elephant riding, the clearer it becomes that not only is this not an ethical means of conserving elephants, but it is, in fact, precipitating their extinction in the wild.
If you would like to learn more here is a link to an excellent guide book by Horizon Travel Press "Elephants in Asia, Ethically"